Jeon­buk Hyundai win Asian Cham­pi­ons League

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

South Korea’s Jeon­buk Hyundai Mo­tors won the Asian Cham­pi­ons League 3-2 on ag­gre­gate af­ter a 1-1 draw with UAE’s Al Ain in the fi­nal’s sec­ond leg yes­ter­day.

An at­mos­phere of gloom en­veloped the Hazza bin Zayed Sta­dium as home fans wept af­ter Al Ain squan­dered a penalty to let Jeon­buk off the hook and let a sec­ond Asian Cham­pi­ons League crown slip through their hands.

The Emi­ratis were sur­prise winners of the in­au­gu­ral edi­tion of the tour­na­ment in 2003, but yes­ter­day a host of missed chances com­bined with some stout de­fend­ing by the Kore­ans put paid to their as­pi­ra­tions.

For Jeon­buk, who won the first leg 2-1 last week in Jeonju, it was also their sec­ond con­ti­nen­tal ti­tle af­ter their 2006 ti­tle.

Han Kyo-won put Jeon­buk ahead in the 30th minute with a fine vol­ley off a cor­ner taken by Lee Jae-sung to put the South Kore­ans two goals up on ag­gre­gate. But the hosts were back in the game just four min­utes later when Lee Myung-joo cut down the deficit with a vol­ley of his own that bounced off the turf to beat goal­keeper Soon-tae Kwoun. Kwoun, who had brought off a fine save to thwart Al Ain star Omar Ab­dul­rah­man early in the game, then soon found him­self fac­ing Brazil­ian Dou­glas af­ter Danilo Asprilla was brought down in the box in the dy­ing min­utes of the first half..

How­ever, Dou­glas, one of the stars of Al Ain’s cam­paign this sea­son, fired the ball well over the post much to the agony of their sup­port­ers.

To add in­sult to in­jury, Al Ain coach Zlatko Dalic was dis­patched to the stands by ref­eree Ryuji Sato soon af­ter. Al Ain man­aged to keep the Jeon­buk goal un­der pres­sure for much of the sec­ond half, but Is­mail Ahmed headed over the bar, while goal­keeper Kwoun brought off saves from Asprilla and Dou­glas. Nine min­utes be­fore time, Kwoun came to his side’s res­cue once again, sav­ing a shot from close range by Ibrahim Di­aky as Jeon­buk held on for the ti­tle. — AFP

AL-AIN: Jeon­buk play­ers cel­e­brate as they are crowned cham­pi­ons fol­low­ing their AFC Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal be­tween UAE’s Al-Ain and South Korea’s Jeon­buk Hyundai Mo­tors at the Hazza bin Zayed Sta­dium in Al-Ain yes­ter­day. — AFP

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